December 8, 2013 · 3:00 PM
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In the beginning of the 20th century the European Continent was at the height of its power and prestige on the world stage. Breakthroughs in Arts and Sciences, financial institutions and military technology placed European Nations ahead of the rest of the world. But as soon as prosperity was beginning to bare fruit and thrive, the European World was thrown into chaos and destruction. Rapid industrialization, population growth, political and social instability brought big (and not so big) European Nations to a confrontation, which ultimately resulted in a World War. The social and political collapse that followed, destroyed the old European Imperial System, created a vacuum, and ushered in a wave of radical ideologies that transformed not just European Continent, but the world as a whole.
The history of the Twentieth Century provides a vivid historical background to a contemporary/21st Century Europe that we all know today. Did the European societies finally succeed in establishing an eternal peace? Will they ever again inflict irreparable damage to their own society and culture in the name of a specific ideology, religion or ‘sacred mission’? Should they? Or will stability, rational thought, and diplomatic courtesy will take precedence? Lets discuss it.
There are lots of books and other printed/online resources on the subject. If you have suggestions please share them.
I suggest "The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order" By Samuel P. Huntington.
Please keep them coming:-)
I'm moving pretty soon. The new meetup location will be provided (emailed to members as well) several days before the meet up date. The new location will only be a few miles from the old one.